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By Chris | February 11, 2010

I normally don’t write short posts, but this was too funny (and sad) not to mention.  A Chinese court recently upheld an 11-year sentence for a scholar for “inciting to subvert state power.”

Here is what he did:

At the end of 2008, he co-authored a document calling for stronger civil rights and an end to Communist Party political dominance. About 10,000 people have signed it, though a news blackout and Internet censorship left most Chinese unaware that it exists.

Here is the government’s comment:

Asked whether China’s treatment of dissidents might negatively affect its image overseas, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu responded, “There are no dissidents in China.”

Topics: Economics, Political Science | No Comments »